Superpark has long been synonymous with never before seen tricks and terrain, but in the beginning the “super” prefix in Superpipe and Superpark was used to highlight the next level talent that partook in these legendary sessions. In 1992 the Blackcomb glacier was the summertime epicenter of all that was radical in the riding world and SNOWBOARDER Sr. Photographer Sean Sullivan gathered the best of the best to hand shape the largest halfpipe trannies sculpted to date. Jeff Brushie, Shaun Palmer, Noah Salasnek, and Jamie Lynn joined a cadre of Canada’s finest freestylers, including Sean Kearns, Kevin Young, Marc Morrisset and Sean Johnson, for an aggro dude tube session for the ages. Even now a quarter of a century later the amplitude and style on display warrants respect with Brushie’s tweaks, Palmers fastplants and Jamie Lynn’s rail slides proving to be the most timeless tricks of the shoot.
In the Spring of 1993, Sean Sullivan took the same star studded formula to Squaw Valley to see what another equally esteemed crew of new schoolers could do with a purpose-built run rife with rails, boxes, banks, kickers and other opportunities to send it. Jim Rippey, Dale Rehberg, Mike Ranquet, Neil Drake, Aaron Vincent, Brian Thien, Circe Wallace, Janna Mayan, Billy Anderson, Gilligan Yoder and others took advantage of every lip laid out before them and immediately began to peel away at the possibilities. Jamie Lynn in particular put on a prophetic show with cab 720’s on the tabletops and 270’s onto the rails. Even Danny Way strapped in to launch a few switch mctwists for SNOWBOARDER’s cameras. Once the feature arrived on newsstands in December of 1993, readers and pro riders immediately began calling for SNOWBOARDER to bring back the “Superpark” and three years later the modern legacy of the event was set in motion.
As a counterpoint to traditional contests, Superpark forgoes bibs, start sheets and judges in favor of stacking clips on a rider’s own terms in an environment that isn’t made for TV. Rather, the features at Superpark are built to enable the best snowboarders on earth to ride better than they ever have before, and do so on their own terms. A huge part of the Superpark formula is safety and time and time again the notion that the right physics and pristine maintenance can make even the most exaggerated jump or jib somewhat docile is proven.
Ultimately, the Superpark is in place to serve as a gathering of the freestyle faithful to celebrate the culture around feature and trick creation. Pros, photographers, filmers and various industry fixtures look forward to Superpark as a time and place where the team and crew cliques become one and riders from different countries and generations find common ground strapping in side by side and sending it.